Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Miriam Biegun - August 10, 1983


Miriam Biegun was born in White Russia. She and her family fled the ghetto for the Lipiczanska forest, joining the Lipiczanska Puszcza resistance when she was just four years old. In 1944, after living in the forest for three years, she and her siblings returned to Zhetl to find it in ruins. After a few months, they moved to Łódź, where her siblings went to a kibbutz and Miriam went on to Berlin by 1947. While in Germany, she was also with her aunts and uncles in Ziegenhain and Jäger-Kaserne before ultimately travelling to Israel with an aunt, uncle, and cousin and meeting her husband on the ship. The two were married in Israel before moving to Winnipeg and Windsor before finally settling down in Oak Park around 1970.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Family Before the War
  3. Life in the Ghetto
  4. Preparing for Resistance
  5. Running Away to the Woods
  6. Experience as a Child Partisan I
  7. Experience as a Child Partisan II
  8. Judenrat Assistance in the Ghetto
  9. Meeting Basic Needs in the Woods
  10. Description of Partisan Group
  11. Remembering German Soldiers
  12. Returning to Zhetl
  13. Returning to Zhetl II
  14. Ziegenhain
  15. Looking for Family and Friends in Zhetl
  16. Moving Around the World
  17. Life in Łódź
  18. Life in Berlin
  19. Life in Israel
  20. Memories of Family
  21. Sharing Experiences with Children
  22. Lasting Mental Effects
  23. Early Marriage and Settling Down with Husband
  24. Conclusion
  25. Conclusion II

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